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The Practicum, Predoctoral, and Postdoctoral Experience

  • Greg Bohall
  • Mary-Jo Bautista
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Abstract

As if the doctoral dissertation, comprehensive exams, and coursework were not enough to occupy excessive amounts of time, clinical rotations throughout graduate school and after were added to the curriculum. Although their addition is in good spirit, as opposed to torture, these experiences can be time-consuming, tiring, stressful, and financially draining. Therefore, as regularly reviewed throughout this publication, overall stability is essential to progressing through personal and professional hurdles. These rotations, although beneficial, are an added hurdle that can impact overall stability. In this chapter, the professional hurdles we will address are the predoctoral practicum, predoctoral internship, and postdoctoral training. The primary focus of this chapter will be on the components of each type of training; however, this chapter begins by outlining relevant foundational areas to consider before even applying or selecting an organization to complete hours. The state licensure process is also briefly reviewed. The chapter concludes with a discussion on the importance of focusing on how to translate skills from clinical rotations to future independent practice, even if the placement(s) are not really desired.

Keywords

Practicum Predoctoral internship Postdoctoral training Supervision 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Greg Bohall
    • 1
  • Mary-Jo Bautista
    • 2
  1. 1.CHE Behavioral Health ServicesLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.BellflowerUSA

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